My name is Courtney.
It’s been two weeks since I baked and/or ate a real dessert.
(No, these do not count – they are for breakfast.)
I think I might be slowly going insane. Seriously, the last dessert I baked and ate was our pie on Fourth of July. And I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed something chocolate-y.
I needed an intervention, stat… so I was very glad when I saw these healthy cookie dough balls.
I was excited to find a way to enjoy something sweet with chocolate, while still sticking (mostly) to our healthy eating (I refuse to call it a diet).
Healthier Cookie Dough Balls, adapted from Bake Your Day
¼ c whole wheat flour
1-¼ c oats
1 t cinnamon
¼ t salt
1/2 scoop protein powder
½ c creamy peanut butter
¼ c applesauce, all natural/no sugar added
⅓ c all-natural maple syrup
1 T honey
2 t vanilla
¼ c dark chocolate chips
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk the flour, oats, cinnamon, salt, and protein powder; set aside.
Cream the peanut butter, applesauce, maple syrup, honey and vanilla in a large bowl until well-combined. Add the flour and oats mixture and stir until combined. Add dark chocolate chips and stir well.
Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. (I just used a small ice-cream scooper.) Recipe makes about 12-16 dough balls.
Refrigerate before serving.
Yep, this pretty much did the trick.
The dough tastes similar to most (peanut butter chocolate chip) cookie doughs I may have allegedly sampled in the past. And it so filled my craving for something bad – without being that bad.
They are a little sticky, so be prepared to wash your hands afterwards. But it’s a small price to pay for a little
We’ll be out-of-town camping this weekend and won’t return until Tuesday… so don’t expect to hear from me until Wednesday. And wish us luck – a two-year old and five-year old… in a tent… for several days. Oh, boy.